York [Dave Butler]

About me...

I worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS in York for 25 years until March 2013. In 1999, I became a Consultant and was Head of the Psychological Therapies Service for Adults for the York and Selby area from 2000 onwards. I now work part-time for an independent psychotherapy clinic in York and have a small private practice.

I have worked with the full range of psychological problems and, while with the NHS, specialised in working with clients with complex, chronic, and treatment-resistant difficulties. Currently, I see people with a similar variety of problems, including stress, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality difficulties, eating disorders, problems with relationships with others, and reactions to trauma and loss.

Like most clinical psychologists, I do not work exclusively within one model of therapy, but aim to use a range of methods to meet the particular needs of the individual client. Among the models I use are Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).


BA (Hons.); MSc; D.Clin.Psychol.

I am an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Practitioner with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and an accredited Practitioner with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

I work within the ethical codes of conduct of these organisations and receive regular supervision for my work, as well as keeping up-to-date with my practice through continued professional development.


When people contact me, we usually have an initial discussion over the phone so that they can give me an idea of the problems they are seeking help with and I can let them know what they could expect from therapy. If I think that the person is more suitable for another form of help, I will let them know and give them some suggestions. If therapy with me sounds like a good idea to us both, then we arrange to meet for an assessment session. Therapy with me usually lasts between 16 and 30 weekly sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

The first few sessions of therapy aim to identify what caused a person’s problems and what keeps them going. This is a collaborative process with client and therapist working together to try and create this picture. After that, the main focus is on trying to find ways to change things. The model I work within most often is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which is a relatively short-term, time-limited model.  There is a structure to CAT which provides a helpful balance between talking things through and maintaining a focus on the problems and the process of change. It is particularly interested in the ways in which our problems develop in response to adverse or traumatic experiences in our lives and seeks to identify the key events and relationships that have influenced our development. Therapy can be a bit like joining up the dots in a puzzle such that the understanding we achieve in therapy enables us to see the bigger picture more accurately. We may come to see ourselves and the world differently as a result. We can also consciously learn how to change things for ourselves and there are a range of tools and techniques from CAT and other forms of therapy to help with this. 

Contact Details:

I work in York, England, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am -6pm).

Contact email address: davebutler686@gmail.com




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